The cars showed up early, even with the snow and the cold temperatures. Our city, our neighborhood, plays host to the second largest Mardi Gras celebration in the country, behind New Orleans of course. Three blocks away the roads are blocked to all but pedestrian traffic, so the other blocks fill up early and today was no exception. By eight-thirty our empty corner of the street looked like this, and for the rest of the day we watched cars snake by, looking in vain for a free spot close to the action. The arrival of the sun made it quite a nice day despite the cold temperatures, and the street is still full now – long after the sun announced its departure. I’m sure there are things other than the sun warming the remaining souls of the devoted revellers.
We played our part in the celebration by making a rather large snowman in the front yard. Further evidence that this snow was much more monumental than snows past – we actually had a snow covered yard after the snowman was complete. Usually it takes the entire yard of snow just to build one. We decked him out with his accessories, then added a few from the neighborhood festivities. He’s nearly eight feet tall, and stands on the north side of the house, so he’s bound to be around for several more days. At least ’til Fat Tuesday…and maybe a touch of Lent.
I took advantage of the imposed homebound state (you don’t dare give up your parking spot on a day like this!) and got some early Valentine’s Day gifts made and ready for shipping. Need some last minute gifts for the holiday? Drop me a line. I’m sure I can whip up a few dozen more. The convertible Corvettes are for a special Grandpa who drives one himself. He celebrates his birthdays in Iowa – and no matter whether he sees his shadow or not…up there, it’s guaranteed there’s six more weeks of winter! Happy Birthday!